The Hill School
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|The Hill School|
Whatsoever things are true.
|Pottstown, PA, USA|
|Type||Co-ed, Private, Boarding|
|Headmaster||Zachary G. Lehman|
|Faculty||68, 70% hold or are working toward advanced degrees|
|Average class size||12|
|Student to teacher ratio||7:1|
|Campus||300 acres (1.21 square km)|
|Color(s)||Confederate Gray, Union Blue|
The Hill School - Athletics
The Hill School is a preparatory boarding school for boys and girls located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The Hill School prepares students from across the world for success in college, careers, and life. Founded in 1851, The Hill School is a purposefully small and close learning community— a place where its academic excellence is based upon a challenging liberal arts curriculum; a faculty of highly qualified, dedicated teachers; a noteworthy breadth of advanced and honors course offerings; and a structured atmosphere that blends high expectations with meaningful support.
The Hill is part of an organization known as the Ten Schools Admissions Organization. This organization was founded more than forty years ago on the basis of a number of common goals and traditions. Member schools include The Hill, Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, The Lawrenceville School, The Taft School, The Hotchkiss School, St. Paul's School, Loomis Chaffee, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Phillips Academy Andover.
The Hill School was founded in 1851 by the Rev. Matthew Meigs as the Family Boarding School for Boys and Young Men. The School opened on May 1, 1851, enrolling 25 boys for the first year. The Family Boarding School was the first of its kind in America. According to John Chancellor’s The History of The Hill, “He [Meigs] wanted to stress that he was not founding still another academy, but a type of school quite new and rare in America. There is a tendency to think that the boys’ boarding school as we know it existed as long as there have been private schools. It has not. Most of the 12 to 15 schools generally considered the “core” group were established in the last half of the nineteenth century…Of this whole group of schools, The Hill was the first to be founded as a family boarding school."
The Hill School is an exceptionally close learning community, a place where faculty and students treat each other as family – where teachers know and care for their students as individuals and students form lifelong friendships. Purposefully smaller than most peer schools, The Hill originally was known as "The Family Boarding School," and today's diverse students, parents, alumni, and visitors continue to cite Hill's definitive feeling of family.
- Academic Excellence
The Hill School’s reputation for academic excellence is based upon a challenging liberal arts curriculum taught by highly qualified, dedicated teachers. Intellectual growth is cultivated through a noteworthy breadth of advanced and honors course offerings.
- Meaningful, Balanced Structure
The Hill School provides meaningful, balanced structure in a supportive atmosphere where shared community expectations sharpen each student’s focus, promote personal responsibility, build self-confidence, and form the foundation for future achievement. Students’ leadership and time management skills are further developed through high-caliber extracurricular options.
The Hill School values and nurtures principles of honesty and genuineness, courtesy and respect, and gratitude and concern for the greater good. At The Hill, character is not so much taught as subtly lived, as represented in the School's revered motto, "Whatsoever things are true.”
- History and Tradition
The Hill School is proud of its history and traditions, unique 160-year-old threads that connect the quality of Hill's past with the vigor and excellence of its future.
The Hill School’s renowned rigorous curriculum is founded firmly on the classical and Judeo-Christian traditions that value refinement of thought and fortification of character to liberate and charge the individual with responsibility to the common good. Of primary importance is the value of the strengths taught by the liberal arts and sciences: thinking critically, writing effectively, speaking forcefully, and solving problems analytically. The challenging curriculum provided to Hill’s 503 students emphasizes critical thinking and writing and offers 53 Advanced Placement courses as well as an array of honors classes and independent studies.
The academic year is divided into trimesters lasting 10 weeks each. Classes are held six days a week, including Saturday morning. Student-teacher ratio is 7-1 and typical class size is 13-15 students.
All Hill students (day and boarding) are required to own a laptop. Boarding students are required to participate in a nightly study hall (7:45 to 9:45 p.m) which ensures a quiet productive study environment.
One of the hallmarks of The Hill School academic program is the star-studded Classics Department, which currently employs three PhD holders to teach interested students the languages of Latin and Ancient Greek. The highly successful Classics Department has matriculated many students into numerous elite universities, such as Henry Spelman '06, who was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 2009 during his senior year as a Moorhead Scholar at the UNC-Chapel Hill to study at the University of Oxford in England, where he is now pursuing a graduate degree in the Classics.
The Hill competes in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League. The Hill's athletic teams are known as the Blues, and a ram serves as a mascot. The Hill's arch-rival is The Lawrenceville School of Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The rivalry is celebrated annually on the first or second weekend of November. The festivities alternate between the two schools each year, and it is the 5th oldest school rivalry, and the 3rd oldest high-school rivalry, in the nation, dating back to 1887. In 2006 the Hill-Lawrenceville rivalry entered into a new era as a combined Hillville soccer team traveled to England and Scotland to compete against Charterhouse School and Eton College defeating both schools on their home pitch.
Besides Hill and Lawrenceville, other schools in the league are Hun School of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey, Mercersburg Academy of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, and Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey.
Some of the schools that The Hill also competes against include St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware, Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass; Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut, and Wyoming Seminary College Prep, in Kingston, Pa.
All students are required to participate at some level of athletics, whether it be at the varsity or intramural level. Interscholastic sports include cross country, football, field hockey, soccer, tennis, squash, water polo, swimming, basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, baseball, softball, lacrosse, track, and golf.
Some team highlights include the 2010 girls water polo Eastern Champions and the 2009 football MAPL champions. Also, Varsity girls field hockey has won repeated MAPL titles. The Girl soccer team has won repeated MAPL and PAISSA titles, as well.
- Frederick Ayer '1908. Textile tycoon and philanthropist from Boston. Brother-in-law of WWII General George S. Patton.
- John Backus '42. Computer scientist; inventor of the FORTRAN computer language.
- James Baker III '48. Secretary of State, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
- Chris Bala '97. American professional ice hockey player.
- Manoj Bhargava '72. Inventor of 5-hour Energy.
- Perry R. Bass '33. Billionaire, Philanthropist from Texas.
- Pinckney Benedict '82. Screen writer and author.
- Josiah Bunting III '57. Former headmaster of The Lawrenceville School, President of Virginia Military Institute.
- John Dickson Carr '25. American author of detective stories, who also published under the pen names Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson and Roger Fairbairn.
- Sabin Carr '24. Won Gold medal in pole vaulting in 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam and set an olympic record.
- Robert Davis Carey '1896. Governor and Senator from Wyoming
- Bernard Chan '83. Hong Kong politician and businessman.
- William F. Clinger '47. Former Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1979–97, US Navy (1951–55, Lt.)
- Henry S. Coleman c. '44, acting dean of Columbia College, Columbia University who was held hostage during the Columbia University protests of 1968.
- Chris Collingwood '85. Singer, songwriter, member of Grammy-Award nominated band Fountains of Wayne.
- Paul Collins (writer) '86. Historian and memoirist.
- James Cromwell '58. Academy Award-nominated television and film actor.
- Briggs Swift Cunningham '26. Sportsman, motor enthusiast. Won America's Cup yacht race in 1958.
- Worth David '52. Dean, Undergraduate admissions, Yale University
- Hugh DeHaven '14. Professor at Cornell University and "Father of Crash Survivability".
- Kingman Douglass '14. investment banker and deputy director of CIA. Brother-in-law of actor Fred Astaire
- Lincoln Ellsworth '19 polar explorer. first to sight geographic north pole along with explorer Roald Amundsen.
- John Heaphy Fellowes '51, U.S. Navy captain, pilot, and P.O.W. during the Vietnam War.
- Leonard Firestone '27. US Ambassador to Belgium, 1974–77,US Navy (WWII, Lt.), Firestone Tire and Rubber Company Trustee of University of Southern California. President (1943–70)Member of the Board of Wells Fargo Bank. Son of rubber tire baron Harvey Firestone.
- George Garrett (poet) '41. Poet, Novelist. Taught at Princeton University, University of Michigan and University of Virginia
- Harry Hamlin '70. Actor (Clash of the Titans, L.A. Law)
- Dick Harter '48. Assistant Coach of the Philadelphia 76ers
- Mahlon Hoagland '40, discoverer of transfer RNA.
- Randy Hopper '85 Wisconsin State Senator
- Roger Horchow '45, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and founder of the mail-order catalogue the “Horchow Collection"
- Clark Hoyt '60. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington editor of Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services
- James Calhoun Humes '52. Nominated for Pulitzer prize. Speechwriter to five Presidents. Authored the text on the Apollo 11 lunar plaque.
- Lamar Hunt '51. Businessman, owner and founder of the Kansas City Chiefs, FC Dallas, Columbus Crew and a founder of the American Football League and Major League Soccer. Coined the name "Super Bowl"
- Jarvis Langdon Jr. '23. Aviator and railroad pioneer. President of several of the nation's leading railroads, including Penn Central, the Baltimore & Ohio and the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific. Grand-nephew of Mark Twain.
- Lewis Lehrman '56. Founder of Rite Aid. Republican gubernatorial candidate against NY State Governor Mario Cuomo in 1982.
- Robert A. Lovett ’14, the fourth United States Secretary of Defense.
- Patrick Maher American author (attended)
- Charles Horace Mayo II '50 Physician and son of Charles Horace Mayo founder of Mayo Clinic
- Sandy McNally ’58, President of the Rand-McNally Company
- James A. Michener, A.B. (Faculty, department of English) 31, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Bridges at Toko-Ri, Sayonara, The Source, Centennial, Chesapeake, The Covenant, Space, Poland, Texas and Alaska.
- Frank Pace '29. Secretary of the Army & CEO of General Dynamics
- Alan J. Pakula '44. Hollywood Director and Producer. Produced Oscar-nominated Best Picture To Kill a Mockingbird (film) and oscar-nominated director of All the President's Men (film)
- George Patton IV '42. Major General in the United States Army and the son of World War II General George Patton
- Norman Pearlstine '60. Former Editor-in-Chief of Time, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal, current chief content officer of Bloomberg L.P.
- Lionel Pincus '48. Co-Founder of Warburg Pincus Private Equity pioneer.
- William Porter '44. Olympic gold medalist of 1948 Olympics 110m Hurdles.
- Winston L. Prouty '24. Served as U.S. Senator from Vermont (1959 to 1971)
- William Proxmire '34. Served as U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (D).
- Pat Rissmiller 98' NHL Athlete
- Frank Runyeon '71. Actor, Double Emmy Award winner.
- Len Sassaman '98. Computer scientist and biohacker.
- Peter Schaffer '80 Lawyer and Sports Agent, Clients include Barry Sanders, Hakeem Nicks, Joe Thomas, Russell Okung, Phil Taylor, Trevor Pryce
- Jon Shirley '56. Former President of Microsoft
- Ernest Simpson '15. British shipping tycoon best known as the second husband of Wallis Simpson, who later would marry the former King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, elder brother of King George VI
- Jerry Stahl '71. Novelist, Screenwriter
- David Stein '79. American Radio Personality
- Oliver Stone '64. Academy Award-winning producer/director.
- William Irvin Swoope 1888. United States Congressman from Pennsylvania.
- Harold E. Talbott 1907 Aviator and President of the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company, which manufactured more wartime aircraft overall than any other U.S. plant. Third Secretary of the Air Force. Selected the permanent site for the Air Force Academy.
- Prince Alexander "SASHA" Torre Tasso '58. Imperial Family and European Royalty.
- Don Thompson '52. Co-Producer of The Fantasticks, the world's longest running musical.
- Baird Tipson, Dr., '61. President of Washington College
- Juan T. Trippe '17. Airline pioneer, founder of Pan Am
- Donald Trump Jr. '96. Son of billionaire business tycoon Donald Trump.
- Eric Trump '02. Son of billionaire business tycoon Donald Trump. Hill board of trustees.
- John M. Walker '27 was an American physician and investment banker. A member of the prominent Bush-Walker family, he was a maternal uncle of US President George H.W. Bush.
- Ben Walborn '97. Blue Angels Pilot
- Douglas Sandy A. Warner III '64. former CEO of J. P. Morgan & Co.
- Russell Watson '57. Senior Editor at Newsweek Magazine
- John Weyerhaeuser, Jr. '17 CEO and owner of Weyerhaeuser timber company - one of the largest pulp and paper companies in the world
- Harry Elkins Widener 1902. Business man, book collector. son of wealthy business man George Dunton Widener, grandson of extremely wealthy railroad tycoon Peter A.B. Widener. Two buildings donated in his namesake.
- Theophilus "Theo" Killion '70 President, Zale's Jewelers, an A Better Chance Scholar who attended Tufts University. Formerly Executive VP at Tommy Hilfiger, VP, Human Resources at Macys. Captained the Football and Track Teams at Hill where he still holds the MR (3:21.3, 47.8 anchor) and 440 (49.3) Records.
Years not listed
- Nelson Bunker Hunt Scion of the Hunt Oil Company family. Did not graduate. Donated the costs to renovate his namesake building on campus.
- Wolcott Gibbs, writer for The New Yorker, class of '20 but did not graduate.
- William Thomas Quick, Writer, screenwriter, blogger. Class of 1964, but did not graduate.
- Lane Smith attended in 1955, did not graduate. Character actor
- Franchot Tone Class of 1923, but did not graduate. Character actor
- Edmund Wilson Writer.
- Tobias Wolff, writer, novelist, English and writing professor at Stanford. Class of 1964, but did not graduate.
- Bobby Troup Composer of Route 66, musician, composer, jazz authority, recording artist, actor, Emmy Award winner
- Zachary G. Lehman, 2012-
- David R. Dougherty, 1993–2012
- Charles C. Watson, 1973–1993
- Archibald R. Montgomery, 1968–1973
- Edward (Ned) T. Hall, 1952–1968
- James Wendell, 1928–1952
- Boyd Edwards, 1922–1928
- Dwight R. Meigs, 1914–1922
- Alfred G. Rolfe, 1911–1914
- John Meigs, 1876–1911
- Matthew Meigs, 1851–1876
- James A. Michener, author and Pulitzer prize winner in 1947
- John Ashby Lester, American Cricket player
- "Description". The Hill School Facebook Page. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "Hill School FAQs". Retrieved 5 February 2013. "As of June 2011, The Hill School's endowment was approximately $120.3 million."
- "Early History". Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "The five tenents of The Hill School". Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- "Hill alumnus selected as one of 32 Rhodes Scholars". Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- Ross, Rosemarie. "Hill ends season with key victory", Mercury (Pennsylvania), November 13, 2005. Accessed October 31, 2007. "In the game that annually means the most to them, it was near total Blues dominance as visiting Hill routed arch rival Lawrenceville, 41-18, Saturday to take home the silver trophy bowl for the second straight year. This was their 103rd showdown in a rivalry that started in 1887."
- JOHN BACKUS: a restless inventor, accessed December 24, 2006
- James A. Baker, 3rd, Current Biography, March 2007. Accessed December 25, 2007. "Like his father, Jim Baker, as he prefers to be known, attended the Hill School, a college prep school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, then enrolled at Princeton University."
- Clare O'Connor (2012-02-08). "The Mystery Monk Making Billions With 5-Hour Energy". Forbes magazine.
- Martin, Douglas. "Henry S. Coleman, 79, Dies; Hostage at Columbia in '68", The New York Times, February 4, 2006. Accessed September 12, 2009.
- Glan, Latshering. "Interview with American Author Patrick Maher". Retrieved 1 March 2013.
- Severo, Richard. "William Proxmire, Maverick Democratic Senator From Wisconsin, Is Dead at 90", The New York Times, December 16, 2005. Accessed October 31, 2007. "The family was well-to-do, and he was sent to the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., and then to Yale, where he was an English major."
- Seeley, Don. Hill School vs. Lawrenceville more than a rivalry. Pottstown Mercury (Pennsylvania). November 12, 2010. "The fifth-oldest rivalry in all of America is enough to kindle the Rams and the entire Hill School campus."
- The Hill School
- Boarding School Review
- National Center for Education Statistics data for the Hill School